As yet another sterling example of Oklahoma City’s ascent into the league of major sporting events, the World Boxing Union recently announced that local fans of the sport will be able to experience live the first ever WBU title fight in the history of Oklahoma on September 20 at the Cox Convention Center.
Known as “The Fight for Glory,” the battle will feature, the first title fight of any kind in the area in the past 40 years, local Oklahoma City favorite Noah Zuhdi (15-1, 12 KOs) against German Jurado (12-2 4, KOs), Panama City, Panama, with the winner receiving a belt as the WBU champion, a title that has recently international attention with a little help from Hollywood.
“Noah and German are fighting for the exact same title as did Mickey Ward, subject of the award winning film ‘The Fighter,’ said Don “Moose” Lewis, president of the WBU. “Because of that film, our belt is one of the most recognized in the world of boxing and I can’t wait for the fans in Oklahoma City to be able to see us put it on the winner of this fight live and in person.”
Originally founded by Englishman John Robinson, a former boxing official, the WBU sanctioning group is currently among the five top of its kind in the country and features legitimate fighters, many in the earliest stages of long term, successful careers in the ring.
“Our association boasts having Joe Louis III as one of top executives,” Lewis said, “while many members of our board have deep connections to American boxing legends, such as Rocky Marciano. WBU former champions have ranged from George Foreman to Thomas ‘Hitman” Hearns.”
According to Lewis, hometown favorite Noah Zuhdi, currently the USA Oklahoma State Lightweight Champion, holds a marked distinction in the world of boxing
“Noah is a licensed practicing attorney in Oklahoma City. His strict training regimen and approachable manner have made him extremely popular in fighting circles,” he said. “He is extremely methodical in the ring – he comes in with a plan and doesn’t let up until he has it completed.”
While Panamanian Jurado has yet to make his mark in American boxing, Lewis says that he will be the toughest opponent Zuhdi has faced in his career.
“I expect this fight to go down to the last second, the last punch,” he said.
Produced by catBOX Entertainment, as part of the Tecate Boxing Series, tickets for Zuhdi – Jurado, with a strong undercard of fights, are available by calling 1-866-966-1777 or by going to www.ticketstorm.com. For more information, please see www.catboxentertainment.com.